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Tēnā koe i tēnei ahiahi,


"You call yourself a free spirit, a wild thing, and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage."

Those words, uttered by Paul Varjak (George Peppard) to Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in Breakfast at Tiffany's feel quite appropriate. Don't worry, I'm not losing my mind. They will ultimately make sense when you get to the bottom of today's newsletter.

But first, the news:

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Let's finish the week off in style...

Nana Joy is a stylish dame.

News snapshot


Joy Thomas, or Nana Joy, pictured above, was born during the 1918 influenza pandemic in Palmerston North. She then lived through the 1925 polio epidemic.

Her advice to children in lockdown is to use their spare time to take advantage of their education, but still have fun.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield could probably take some of Joy's advice. There were fewer Covid-19 cases today but the number of clusters throughout the country has risen to 10.

The Opposition is trying to get a cash raise for everyone, saying the Government needs to be doing more to ensure businesses and jobs survive.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson got some of the hint, saying later in the day that changes to the Companies Act would allow struggling businesses to put some debt into hibernation.

What do our scientists think of a malaria drug touted by US President Donald Trump as a "game changer" in the fight against Covid-19? 

Demand for it, and other medical supplies, is getting ugly.

Helping hand


This column has often mentioned the unique power of dance to lift the soul, so why not join the Royal New Zealand Ballet's live stream of Hansel and Gretel over the weekend?

You realise how much things have changed when you are debating whether your shopping should be washed upon entry into the house. Here are some more thoughts on a hot topic.
Royal NZ Ballet. Photo: Ross Brown.

There is no normal


“It may be normal, darling; but I’d rather be natural,” says Holly Golightly.

In the below images marking formal Friday, Jess East is Chaneling (see what I did there?) a Breakfast at Tiffany's vibe, complete with the cat who won't get out of frame. 

This is old footage of some mostly former All Blacks performing tricks and sleights-of-hand, but it's a nice segue to another charming video. Stand by Me, for those of you old enough to remember, was the tune used by a certain All Blacks' sponsor at the world cup in 1987.

What could be more peak Covid-19 than the sweet sounds of the family Von Trapp tackling the virus head on? Thank you to Uncle Joseph for that gem.

Finally, a swag of birthday wishes. Today, to Amy Hart from Clare, Hamish, Zoe and Alex.  

Our April 5 babies are Chris Bailey and his twin sister Kim McEwan; Erik Swart; Sue Mills and Peter Morton. Lot of love from all your nearest and dearest.

Thank you for spending another week with me. Take care over the weekend. Kia Kaha.
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